Frequently asked questions
How do I find the best Troop Camp for my troop?
You can read the session descriptions of our troop camp offerings in the
session listings by searching for ‘troop camp’ in the search bar in the upper right hand corner. Each camp has unique activities, programs and lodging options. For specific questions on program content or for further guidance on the best troop camp for your troop contact
What happens at Troop Camp?
Upon arrival, your troop will be greeted by GSCO staff and directed to your cabin to settle in and unpack. Once all troops have arrived, we have an opening circle to loosen up with fun ice breaker games and go over rules and expectations for the weekend.
While the girls keep playing camp games, GSCO staff meets with troop leaders and adult volunteers to review the schedule and adult responsibilities before breaking off into activity stations.
During the day, troops will rotate through all the fun programs camp has to offer! These vary by camp, but may include: teambuilding, archery, outdoor skills, hiking, arts and crafts, group games, nature and science, hiking and more! Depending on troop size, troops may be placed with another troop as they rotate through different camp activity stations. The whole camp will come together in the dining hall for meals, and for all-camp evening programs followed by songs, skits and s’mores around the campfire.
Troop leaders are responsible for direct supervision of their troop, but all meals and programs will be coordinated by GSCO staff. All cabins have bunk beds with camp mattresses, troops are responsible for bringing their own bedding (sleeping bag, pillow, optional sheets). Troops will be placed in a cabin together and depending on the size of the troop they may be divided across multiple cabins that are next to each other.
How much does it cost for adult volunteers to attend Troop Camp?
Each troop must bring the proper number of adults to follow Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints, and these adults attend Troop Camp free of charge. You can find the number of required supervision ratio adult volunteers needed
We prefer that troops do not bring additional adults beyond the number of adults required by Safety Activity Checkpoint Ratios, as this detracts from the camp experience and takes up space that could go to girl campers. If your troop has special circumstances that warrant additional adults (for example: first time campers needing extra support, extra adults to help drive and carpool) those additional adults can attend at half the price of the girl camper fee. Contact
email@example.com to see if additional adults can be accommodated for your desired session and to pay the additional adult fee.
How do I register as an adult for Troop Camp?
We use CampInTouch for camp registration for day camps that run registration through GSCO. This system recognizes all participants as child campers - even adults. This means that adult volunteers must add themselves as a child on their family's profile. All adult volunteers must register themselves, as well as their child. If a day camp is running their own registration, check with the camp director for their registration process. In ratio adults at troop camp attend for free, additional adults beyond the in ratio adults pay half of the girl price.
CampInTouch Adult Registration Process:
If you already have a CampInTouch account,
log in to your account. Click on the "Camper Application" and select 2019 as your session.
If you already have a profile in CampInTouch you will select the circle next to your name. If you do not have a profile, click "Add a Child".
If you do not have a CampInTouch account, go to the "
Camper Application and select 2019 as the season.
Enter your personal information, or verify the information is correct. Your school should be listed as “Adult or N/A” and your grade should be listed as “Adult”. Then select next.
Select the appropriate camp session from the list of options under “Troop Camp, Family Camp & Trips”. You will select the adult volunteer session that corresponds with your troop’s Troop Camp session.
The next page will ask for guardian information, please list yourself and/or your spouse as your own guardian and under relationship please select “Other (M)” or “Other (F)”
Finish your registration as prompted by the CampInTouch system. This process will include: emergency contact information, liability signatures and payment. The adult volunteer session is free and you will not be asked for payment at this time. If you are registering as an additional adult please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply the 50% of girl fee to your profile.
Congratulations! You have now created a camper profile as an adult and secured your spot in your camp session. You are almost done! Before you can attend your camp session you will need to complete a couple forms (basic health history, photo release, liability waivers, and permission slips specific to your camp) in the “Forms & Documents” section in your CampInTouch account. Login to your CampInTouch account to complete all necessary forms.
All camp welcome letters (including packing lists, directions, arrival/ departure times) and additional permission slips will be available in your CampInTouch account under “Forms & Documents” after March 1.
All required forms and final balance will be due four weeks prior to your first day of camp.
How do I register my whole troop for Troop Camp?
Our camp registration system, CampInTouch works with families registering their children individually. We require parental signatures of releases and authorization to treat in a medical emergency which must be signed by the parent and troop leaders are not able to sign-off on behalf of the parent.
To attend the same Troop Camp, we suggest that the Troop Leader communicates this process of individual registration to parents and gives families in their troop a deadline by which to register their individual daughter. Instructions on how to create a CampInTouch account and register for a camp session can be found here. Parents register their daughter individually for the troop camp the group will be attending with a 10% deposit.
If families are paying individually, parents can then proceed to pay the rest of the payment on their own. If the troop is paying with troop money, then the troop leader can call GSCO customer support at 877-404-5708 M-F 8am-5:30pm to make payments for girls in the troop with a troop credit card.
What is the difference between going to a council or volunteer-organized Troop Camp and taking my troop camping?
Troop Camps are planned by either GSCO staff or a team of adult volunteers. These camps provide troops the opportunity to attend a fully packaged camp experience with programming, meals and accommodations all organized for your troop ahead of time. At these types of camps, your troop will stay in a cabin together and participate in activities, meals and programming as a troop. Troop Camps usually have between 6-15 troops attending, depending on camp capacity and troop size, so while you will do all programming together as a troop there will be lots of opportunities to make new troop friendships and time for the whole camp to be together for evening programs.
Alternatively, troops can also arrange their own camping experience at one of our properties by renting a couple cabins or the whole property, using GSCO meal service (if available) or cooking their own meals, and either planning their own program as a troop or requesting staff-led program.
Read more about property rentals and see availability.
Lastly, troops can plan their own camping or other outdoor adventure anywhere in Colorado!
Here are some resources for planning your own troop outdoor and camping experience.
What are the troop leader responsibilities at Troop Camp?
As an adult volunteer at troop camp, you get to attend for free (additional adults beyond required ratio are half price) and enjoy all the camp fun while bonding with your troop! GSCO staff will provide all programming and meals, and upon arrival there will be an adult meeting where we will review the schedule and troop leader responsibilities for the weekend. Additionally, look for the “Adult Volunteer at Troop Camp Responsibilities” document available in the Forms & Document section of your CampInTouch account upon registration.
Some main responsibilities include:
* One leader from each troop must be CPR first aid certified and have taken “Overnight Trips”- this does not necessarily need to be the same person. See upcoming trainings here.
* Direct supervision of girls in your troop at all times.
* Collecting and retaining hard copies of girl health and permission forms as you normally would on troop outings- a reminder of these forms will be included in the troop leader responsibilities.
* Securely storing medication and administering medication for all girls in your troop.
Why aren’t there Daisy opportunities at Troop Camp? How can Daises go camping?
We do not offer Daisy opportunities at our Troop or Overnight camps, but Daisies can attend with a parent at many of our Family Camps. Additionally, a Daisy troop can plan their own overnight camping experience or other outdoor adventure, as long as the follow the higher adult supervision ratios. Here are some resources for planning your own troop outdoor and camping experience.
Will you ever allow one troop leader to attend with their troop?
Yes, in some circumstances we will allow one adult if there are 4 or fewer girls in the troop. In this circumstance, we will place the troop in a cabin and rotation group with another troop.
Are grants available for troop camp?
Yes, grants are available. See this page for more information.
Can males go to troop camp? If so, where do they sleep?
Yes, we welcome male adult volunteers at troop camp and we will be able to accommodate separate sleeping areas. In some circumstances, depending on the property, GSCO staff may reach out to the male volunteer to coordinate them bringing their own tent.